Ink Heist - A Podcast for Readers of Dark Fiction

Ink Heist

Shane Douglas Keene, Laurel Hightower, and Rich Duncan talk about a variety of subjects related to the horror and crime genres. We also talk to authors and other guests about different topics including books, diversity, and the craft of creating high-quality dark speculative fiction. We're also a bunch of irreverent smartasses.

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This week, we're excited to welcome Neil McRobert, host of the Talking Scared Podcast to the show to talk all things Horror! Talking Scared Podcast is described as "Conversations with the biggest names in horror fiction. A podcast for horror readers who want to know where their favorite stories came from . . . and what frightens the people who wrote them" and I can't think of a better introduction to Neil's show than that. He launched Talking Scared in the fall of 2020 and has been consistently releasing engaging, highly informative interviews that should appeal to every fan of the genre. Each episode of the show is the perfect balance of laid-back conversation and in-depth dives on both the genre and the author's works. We've been following Neil pretty much from the start and his show is definitely a favorite here at Ink Heist. If you aren't already tuning in to Talking Scared Podcast, look them up on your favorite podcast service and check it out! It's an essential listen for any horror fan. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about the Talking Scared Podcast, studying Gothic Fiction, character-driven stories, the works of Stephen King, recommendations, and so much more! We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Neil. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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Sep 4

1 hr 18 min

This week, we're excited to welcome Lex H. Jones to the show to celebrate his most recent release, the short story collection Whistling Past the Graveyard, which hit shelves earlier this year through Burdizzo Books. We're excited to have Lex on the show since he has written in a variety of different styles including horror, crime and even a children's book. That book, 2019's The Old One and The Sea, finds Lex taking Lovecraft's well-known mythology and crafting it into something totally unique. It's a captivating story about friendship and acceptance that's perfect for horror fans looking to share their love of the genre with their kids. I recently finished reading it to my daughter and every night she was excited to visit the world of Howard and Oolu. This was a great conversation where we covered everything from writing to cryptids and if you haven't checked out any of Lex's work, you're definitely missing out. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about writing in different genres, the supernatural, Whistling Past the Graveyard, The Old One and the Sea, atmosphere in horror, and so much more! We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Lex. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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Aug 17

1 hr 37 min

This week, we have a very special show for you as we’re joined by special guest host and friend of Ink Heist, Brennan LaFaro. This week, we welcome Josh Malerman back to the show to celebrate the upcoming release of the highly anticipated novel Pearl, which hits shelves October 12th through Del Rey and the limited edition Ghoul N' The Cape, which is due out in December through Earthling Publications. It was a joy to sit down again with Josh, an imaginative storyteller whose enthusiasm for writing and the Horror genre is infectious. Pearl is Malerman channeling the spirit of vintage horror paperbacks and creating his most straight-up, in your face horror novel yet. We had the privilege of reading this one early and trust us when we say this one is packed with enough nightmare fuel to make it an essential read for the Halloween season. In addition to his upcoming releases this year, Josh was kind enough to share some details about a few of his unpublished works like that you don't want to miss! Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about Pearl, Ghoul N' The Cape, currently unpublished works, artistic momentum, Spin a Black Yarn, and so much more! We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Josh. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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Aug 11

1 hr 37 min

This week on the podcast we had a great conversation with Brennan LaFaro, Kenneth Cain, and Ken McKinley of Silver Shamrock Publishing  to celebrate the release of Brennan's debut novella Slattery Falls, which is out now through Silver Shamrock Publishing! Slattery Falls follows college friends and amateur ghost hunters Travis, Elsie, and Josh as they stumble across the history of the Weeks House, the most haunted location of their career. The house has sat vacant for hundreds of years, but the history of the events loom over the small town of Slattery Falls. Following a frightening encounter miles away, the group finds themselves thrust into the heart of the Weeks House for one last case and coming face to face with a sinister presence. This was a truly special episode as it's the first time we've had a debut author and their publisher on the show at the same time, following the writing process from conception to publication. If you're looking for a fast-paced, engaging story that takes traditional haunted house tropes and flips them on their head, you definitely need to add Slattery Falls to your TBR list! Throughout the course of the episode, we discuss Slattery Falls, the editing process, rejections, storytelling styles, recommendations and so much more! We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Brennan, Kenneth, and Ken. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did! CONTENT WARNING: Shane drops a C-word in this episode, proves himself too lazy to edit it out so it is still there.

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Jul 25

1 hr 36 min

This week on the podcast we had a great conversation with...ourselves! It's been a few episodes since our last solo show and we had a short break in our schedule, so we decided to enjoy a nice summer weekend with some drinks, jokes, and recommendations! We've been reading a ton of great books lately along with our stead diet of genre film and TV and decided this week would be the perfect time to share some of that with our listeners in a different format we've done in the past. We also address some behind-the-scenes stuff with the podcast, Shotgun Logic, self-editing work and our usual ramblings. Below, you'll find a list of some of the things we talked about in this episode. BOOKS Beverley Lee The House of Little Bones Catherine McCarthy Immortelle Eric LaRocca Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke  Christina Henry Near The Bone The work of Ross Jeffery

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Jul 15

1 hr 22 min

This week, we're excited to welcome Mary SanGiovanni and Matt Wildasin to the show to talk horror, writing and everything in between! Mary SanGiovanni and Matt Wildasin are two amazing authors that horror fans are undoubtedly familiar with through their unique and terrifying books and also as podcasters. They are currently hosts of The Ghost Writers Podcast , along with Dave Thomas and Somer Canon, and were also members of The Horror Show with Brian Keene. The Ghost Writers Podcast is a must-listen show for anyone who is interested in horror fiction, whether as a fan or as a writer. It's loaded with great practical advice on writing and the publishing industry that has definitely helped us more than once. Not only is it informative, but you can tell everyone is genuinely friends with one another and the show is also loaded with humor and recommendations of things to check out (both good AND bad, as you'll find out later in this episode!). As a fan of  both Mary and Matt's writing and The Ghost Writers Podcast, it was a pleasure and an honor to be able to sit down with them and talk about their work and the horror genre in general. Rather than link to all of their individual books, I'll list links to both of their author pages on Amazon. If you're unsure of what your next read will be, check out their page and pick up some of their books. You won't be disappointed! Mary SanGiovanni Matt Wildasin Throughout the course of the episode, we discuss cosmic horror, podcasting, post apocalyptic fiction, THE EVERYWHERE HOUSE, DARK WORDS, bad horror movies, and so much more! We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Mary and Matt. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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Jul 2

1 hr 28 min

Throughout the course of this episode, we discuss  writing short fiction, the "reactivated badass" character, To Dust You Shall Return, Nightmare Yearnings, dark romance movies and books and so much more! We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Eric and Fred. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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Jun 18

1 hr 30 min

This week, we have a very special show for you as we're joined by special guest host and friend of Ink Heist, Steve Pattee of HORROR DNA. This week, we sit down with Ronald Malfi to celebrate the release of his upcoming novel Come With Me, which hits the shelves July 20th through Titan Books. This was a special episode for us as we're all huge fans of Malfi's work and he really needs no introduction. But for newer readers, Malfi has been consistently putting out chilling, character-driven horror novels for over two decades. His books are heavy on atmosphere that builds a sense of dread that slowly consumes readers and pack a devastating emotional punch, especially in the case of The Night Parade. His forthcoming novel Come with Me, follows Aaron Decker as he deals with the death of his wife Allison. As he goes through her things, he uncovers a receipt for a hotel room across the country. Consumed with grief, Aaron decides to follow his wife's footsteps in the weeks prior to her death. As he uncovers the dark secrets of Allison's past, Aaron becomes consumed by the mystery, even as it places his own life at risk. Malfi's books are compulsively readable and the eerie mystery at the heart of Come with Me makes it an essential addition to your summer TBR. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about Little Girls, working with Alaskan police on Bone White, the true story behind Shamrock Alley, Leisure Horror, the publication of Snow, Come with Me, adaptations, his band VEER, and so much more! We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Ron. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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Jun 11

1 hr 31 min

This week, we're excited to welcome Eve Harms and Red Lagoe to the show to celebrate the release of their upcoming books! Eve's Rewind or Die novella Transmuted hits shelves July 15th through Unnerving Books and Red's collection Dismal Dreams releases through La Red Books on June 25th. We absolutely devoured both of these books which are loaded with unique scares and great storytelling from two amazingly talented writers. Transmuted is a novella that follows Isa, a micro-celebrity who runs a successful fundraiser to make her gender affirming surgery possible. When she has to give up her money, she's crushed and left with few options until she finds a sketchy ad seeking a transgender women for a free, experimental procedure. She answers the ad and meets Dr. Skurm, whose methods are terrifying, but give Isa the results shes been looking for. However, there are unexpected side effects to the treatment and Isa must race against time to figure out Dr. Skurm's secrets before it's too late. Transmuted is a brilliant body horror novella that features some of the most wild, unique scenes in recent memory. Red's Dismal Dreams collects previously published work along with new stories for a frightening read that will keep readers reeling as she unleashes a variety of styles and horrors. "Shutter Stop" is a chilling story of a photographer who enters the infamous Sacred Circle Nature Preserve and unknowingly uncovers the secret of the forbidden knowledge that gave Sacred Circle its reputation. "One Year Anniversary" is a stomach-churning tale of grief and the lengths one man will go to in order to be closer to his wife. "Flicker" is a gut-punch of a story about a father and daughter who share a special bond that is put to the test in the aftermath of tragedy. Those are just a few of the stories that await readers in this stunning collection. Both Transmuted and Dismal Dreams are sure to be welcome additions to any horror fans bookshelves and if you haven't already, be sure to pre-order your copies ahead of the release! Throughout the course of the episode, we discuss shorter indie horror, writing serial works, occult and esoteric knowledge, Rewind or Die, parents reading your work, upcoming works, and so much more!  We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Eve and Red. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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Jun 4

1 hr 28 min

This week with special guest host Eric Raglin. Eric and the Cursed Morsels Podcast are close friends and allies of Ink Heist. Plan on seeing a lot more of the cat. This week we have a very special episode as Shane is joined by special guest host Eric Raglin, TC Parker and Stephanie Ellis for a roundtable-style discussion. This is one of our favorite episodes as we had a great time hanging out with close friends of the show and creatives that we love and admire.  It's jam-packed with great discussions on a variety of topics important to all of us, both personally and professionally. Whether you are a longtime listener or joining us for the first time, this is definitely one of the essential episodes of Ink Heist. Throughout the course of the episode, they discuss inclusivity, diversity, the problems with exclusivity, writing queer characters, and neurodiversity among creatives. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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May 27

2 hr 1 min

This week, we're excited to welcome Daniel Barnett to the show to celebrate his latest book, The Flashlighters, which is the fourth installment in his Nightmareland series! Barnett's Nightmareland is a serialized horror novel that follows John Hawthorne, Mariah Nowak, and Marcos Walker as they attempt to travel across the country after the world is plunged into an endless darkness. The sudden absence of light causes society to crumble, but that's only the beginning of the hellish events in store for those who are left behind. Unimaginable horrors are unleashed into the world, heralded by a bizarre event that overwhelms those who experience it and in order to survive John, Mariah and Marcos must band together. In The Flashlighters, they encounter a strange group that offers sanctuary and the hope of salvation. But can they trust The Flashlighters? Barnett's Nightmareland series is made up (thus far) of four blazing fast reads that offer plenty of surprises and are packed with some unique scares. If you're looking for a horror series with an expansive setting and a sense of adventures with your scares, you should definitely pick up the first four installments! Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about the Nightmareland Chronicles, the importance of cadence, writing a serialized novel, the work of Stephen Graham Jones and Caroline Kepnes, and so much more! We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Daniel. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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May 20

1 hr 20 min

This week, we have a special episode for you as we had TWO guests on this week, Todd Keisling and Anthony J. Rapino. Anthony and Todd have often worked with each other on their various projects - Todd helped Anthony put out his stunning short story collection Greetings from Moon Hill and Anthony created miniature sculptures of the idol that features prominently in Todd's Devil's Creek. We covered a lot of topics in this episode, but one of the most interesting talking points was the way they each approach creating an immersive mythology in their works. Todd has recently gone on record about the shared universe that connects all of his books, but in this episode we talked extensively about the Monochrome, the terrifying realm that serves as the main setting throughout his Monochrome trilogy and home to nightmarish inhabitants. The Monochrome books are being re-released by Bloodshot Books starting with A Life Transparent. Anthony's fictional creation is Moon Hill, a town of perpetual autumn that is home to strange events and apparitions that defy logical explanation. Both of these books come highly recommended from us here at Ink Heist and no matter what sort of horror you're into, both of these reads are essential additions to your library.

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May 13

1 hr 56 min

This week, we're excited to welcome Wesley Southard to the show to celebrate his latest novel, Cruel Summer, which is out now through Death's Head Press! Cruel Summer follows Melissa Braun and her son Patrick as they head to Florida with Melissa's boyfriend Hoyt. Things have been progressively getting worse with Hoyt, but Melissa hopes this trip will bring them closer together and he will turn his life around. However, Hoyt's anger only worsens and sets off a chain of events that changes their lives and draws the attention of something ancient and evil. Cruel Summer is loaded with tons of high octane thrills that are sure to delight horror fans, including a killer scene at a manatee sanctuary that we still can't get over! These intense scenes make for an addictive read and the relationship between Melissa and Patrick throughout the novel is equally as engaging. If your looking for some supernatural chills to kick off the summer season, definitely grab a copy of Cruel Summer!

May 5

1 hr 40 min

This week, we're excited to welcome John Mantooth to the show to celebrate his latest collection, Shoebox Train Wreck, which is out now through Lethe Press! We're excited to have John back on the show after his last appearance with Ian Pisarcik. I'm pretty sure both of us at Ink Heist were initially introduced to John's work through his Earl Marcus novels, which were released under the name Hank Early. When we heard he was going to release a collection under his own name, which finds John further blurring the lines of genre, we knew we had to get our hands on it! Shoebox Train Wreck is packed with stories that feature memorable characters and settings that will sweep you up into the narrative. And make no mistake, most of these stories are emotionally devastating and will stick with you long after you close the pages. John is an incredible talent and if you're looking for a collection that features one jaw-droppingly good story after another, you need to get your hands on Shoebox Train Wreck.

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Apr 27

1 hr 19 min

This week on the podcast we had a great conversation with...ourselves! It's been a little bit since we've had a solo episode, so Shane and I thought Ink Heist's 3rd birthday (April 12th) would be the perfect time to kick back and just have fun hanging out. It seems like just yesterday Shane and I decided to team up and launch Ink Heist and its been a fun and wild ride! We've launched a few features, published some extraordinary original fiction and met some great new friends. But by far the most significant change to Ink Heist was the launch of the Ink Heist Podcast in 2019. As longtime listeners know, it originally started thanks to John F.D. Taff  who approached us about doing a series of interviews to promote his serial novel The Fearing. We originally thought we would stick to our standard method of email interviews until John mentioned that an audio podcast would be great. And the rest, as they say, is history. As we approach the second year of the podcast, Shane and I talk about some of our favorite moments and just how much recording this show has changed our lives. We've gotten to chat with so many talented writers and just generally have a great time hanging out and talking horror and whatever else happens to pop up in conversation. We truly love recording this show and cannot thank you all enough for tuning in each week. We're consistently humbled by the kind words and support you have shown us over the years. Without you, we'd just be shouting into the void. So, thank you! Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about our 3rd birthday, our love of libraries, a deep discussion on horror poetry, some recommendations of books and movies we've been digging, and so much more. We had a great time recording this episode and just hanging out and having a blast. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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Apr 21

1 hr 24 min

This week, we're excited to welcome Mackenzie Kiera to the show to celebrate her latest novella, All You Need is Love and a Strong Electric Current, which is out now through Unnerving as part of their Rewind or Die series! All You Need is Love and a Strong Electric Current is the story of Sadie Snow, a paramedic who has a fetish - she likes it cold. The only person who understood her and loved her was Michael, her ambulance partner and boyfriend. However, their relationship is cut short when Michael is killed. Sadie is devastated until she discovers that she can bring Michael back, again and again. But when it starts getting harder to bring him back, Sadie must make a decision on how far she is willing to go in order to save the person she loves. We remember the first time we became aware of this story, back when Mackenzie read the opening prologue on a live This is Horror event. It's one of the most attention-grabbing lines we've read in a long time and from there, Mackenzie crafts an unforgettable scene with an original voice and a blend of horror and comedy that's threaded throughout the novella. It's the sort of thing you don't easily forget and we instantly knew we had to get our hands on this book! All You Need is Love and a Strong Electric Current features plenty of laugh out loud moments and all the blood a horror fan could ask for, but there are also some heartbreaking moments that really pack a punch. This is a stunning debut that's a blast to read and a must for horror fans. We loved this book and can't wait to read whatever Mackenzie releases next! Also, be sure to check out the Ladies of the Fright podcast that she hosts with Lisa Quigley. They're one of our favorite podcasts and you'll find plenty of writing advice and great interviews throughout the episodes they've posted so far.

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Apr 13

1 hr 10 min

This week, we're excited to welcome Kerry K. Cox to the show to celebrate the release of his latest novel, Money Bear, which is out now through Level Best Books! It's the first book in a series that follows U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Special Agent Nick Tanner, one of the top undercover agents in the department. In Money Bear, Tanner heads out to the Redwood Parks to assist Enforcement Ranger Kathleen Shepherd. Shepherd has been finding dead bears in the park with their paws and gallbladders missing. They suspect poachers and wildlife traffickers, but they struggle to find leads. In addition to the harvested bears, they also begin to uncover equally violent human murders. As they begin to unearth clues as to what is going on in the Redwoods, they stumble into a deadly trap that will have them fighting for their lives. Cox does an incredible job of transporting readers into the Redwoods and in addition to strong lead characters in Nick and Kathleen, Money Bear is filled with a memorable cast of supporting characters as well. It's an addictive read that I couldn't put down for very long and I look forward to following Nick Tanner on future cases. Cox's fresh approach to the genre is one that is sure to hook crime fiction fans looking for something a little different. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about his early writing career, writing for the Disney Channel, wildlife trafficking, Money Bear, upcoming projects and so much more. We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Kerry We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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Apr 6

1 hr 15 min

Today on Ink Heist we have Rich Duncan in conversation with the ever amazing V. Castro, author of Goddess of Filth and The Queen of the Cicadas. She is always guaranteed to provide an insightful, cerebral, engaging conversation and thus is this. When V. has something to say, smart folks listen. Tune in!

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Mar 31

1 hr 33 min

This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to welcome Mike Thorn to the show to celebrate the release of his latest novel, Shelter for the Damned, which is out now through JournalStone Publishing! Looking for a secluded place to hang out and smoke cigarettes, teenagers Mark, Adam, and Scott stumble across a mysterious shack in a suburban field. The friends had been through this area countless times, but this is the first time they remember seeing the shack. Adam and Scott aren't all that impressed, but the first time Mark enters The Shack, it feels like the perfect escape and he already feels the pull of The Shacks energy. Over time, Mark realizes there is an intelligence residing in The Shack, one that expects things from Mark in exchange for the refuge it provides from his life. As Mark grows more dependent on The Shack, his life starts changing in ways he could've never imagined. Shelter for the Damned is loaded with nightmarish scenes and if the idea of a dark coming-of-age story meeting Kathe Koja's The Cipher intrigues you, this is definitely the book for you. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about Shelter for the Damned, his influences, coming of age narratives, toxic masculinity, suburban horror, Stephen King's Dreamcatcher, possession films and so much more. We had a lot of fun recording this episode and hanging out with Mike. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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Mar 23

1 hr 17 min

I had an amazing time this episode with the brilliant and engaging Beverley Lee, author of the crowd-pleasing horror/dark fantasy "Gabriel Davenport" series and The Ruin of Delicate Things. We had a great discussion about hauntings, lot's of vague talking around things you don't get to know without reading, vampires, poetry, and whatever the hell else came into our dark minds. Don't want to miss this one, folks, truly.

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Mar 16

1 hr 16 min

Before we get into this week's episode, we would like to announce a giveaway for Cina Pelayo's new novel Children of Chicago, which hits shelves on March 9th via Polis Books/ Agora. Want a chance to win? Tune into this week's episode for details, though I forgot to mention that this giveaway is open to US residents only. We're super excited for the release of Cina's novel and wish you luck! This week on the podcast, we're excited to have the opportunity to welcome Gemma Amor to the show to celebrate the release of her latest novel, Girl on Fire, which is out now! Also, there are mild spoilers for Girl on Fire in this episode, so if you haven't read it yet, definitely grab a copy and then come back for the episode! Girl on Fire follows Ruby Miller as she strikes out on her own for the first time, finally escaping her brutal family life and traumatic past. She hits the road in her cherry red 1989 Pontiac Bonneville but is involved in a car crash on a desolate road that alters her life forever. Girl on Fire is a jaw-droppingly awesome novel with action-packed scenes and hints at a much larger world. It's a story of revenge and redemption and if you're looking for a coming-of-age novel that subverts traditional tropes, this is a novel that you absolutely need on your shelves. It's a blazing fast read that is sure to grip you right from the first page and we can promise you that you won't forget Ruby Miller any time soon.

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Mar 9

1 hr 36 min

This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to welcome Jennifer Soucy to the show to celebrate the release of her latest novel, Clementine's Awakening, which is out now through Silver Shamrock Publishing! In Clementine's Awakening, Clementine starts a new job at O'Hara's Pub for a chance to start her own life and maybe make some new friends. One of her new friends is Rosemary, a young woman who was murdered and is trapped for eternity in O'Hara's. They strike up a friendship and Rosemary protects Clementine when people treat her poorly. But their friendship soon attracts a dangerous spirit, and as increasingly dangerous events take place at the pub, Clementine and Rosemary must find a way to stop him before he plunges the city into chaos. Clementine's Awakening is an exciting Southern Gothic novel that features plenty of creepy scenes and a beautifully vivid portrayal of Savannah. It's a great introduction to Jennifer's work and you'll definitely want to read it as she just signed a six book deal with Silver Shamrock Publishing! Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about her Silver Shamrock deal, ghost stories, mixing genres, writing YA, expensive booze, beta readers, upcoming projects and so much more. We had a lot of fun recording this episode and hanging out with Jennifer. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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Mar 3

1 hr 20 min

This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to welcome Beau Johnson to the show to celebrate the release of his latest collection, All of Them to Burn, which is out now through Down & Out Books! Before we jump in to describing the episode, just a note to listeners: This episode contains spoilers about Johnson's work So, listen with caution. All of Them to Burn is an addictive read that all of us at Ink Heist fell in love with as soon as we picked it up. This collection features standalone stories as well as the continuation of Bishop Rider's story. This collection is home to a wide variety of styles from brutal, gritty crime to splashes of horror and Johnson isn't afraid to play with the structures of his stories. One thing is for certain - once you pick up All of Them to Burn, you're going to want to carve out a few hours to finish it because it's damn near impossible to put down. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about Beau's Book Nook, his start in crime fiction, Bishop Rider, a story about teeth, tips for writing flash, the mixing horror and crime, Down & Out, using violence in stories, "For Your Consideration", the Crime community and Beau Day, what hes reading, Brand New Dark and so much more. We had a lot of fun recording this episode and hanging out with Beau, who is incredibly funny and a tireless supporter of indie authors. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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Feb 23

1 hr 17 min

This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to welcome Jennifer Graeser Dornbush to the show to celebrate the release of her latest novel, Hole in the Woods, which is out now through Ally Press! Hole in the Woods was inspired by the 1989 true-life murder case of Shannon Siders in Newaygo County, Michigan that was solved after a cold case team was formed in 2011 and ultimately arrested, tried and convicted the killers in 2015. Jennifer uses her training in forensics to create a realistic portrayal of a criminal investigation and the level of work it takes to close cold cases. Hole in the Woods blends fiction with real-world forensics to create an emotional story about the quest for justice for victims of violent crime. Jennifer has teamed up with The Cold Case Foundation and a percentage of Hole in the Woods sales will go to the foundation. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about her background and her first investigation at age 8, early forensic science, processing the horrors of true crime, HOLE IN THE WOODS, the impact of the Shannon Siders case, the nature vs nurture debate, the forensics academy, consulting on TV, The Cold Case Foundation, and so much more. We had a lot of fun recording this episode and hanging out with Jennifer. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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Feb 16

52 min 43 sec

This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to welcome Tim McGregor to the show to celebrate the release of his latest novel, Hearts Strange and Dreadful, which will be out February 15th through Off Limits Press! Hearts Strange and Dreadful is a beautifully written and engaging horror novel about a mysterious traveler who arrives in the small town of Wickstead, followed by a mysterious plague that rips through the pious town. As conditions worsen, the townspeople begin to turn on each other, they also begin to seek salvation in old superstitions. McGregor crafts an eerie atmosphere that serves as a perfect backdrop for this novel of historical small-town horror and is sure to keep you reading late into the night. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about possibly living with a ghost, historical horror, Hearts Strange and Dreadful, working with Off Limits, working in film, death superstitions, discovering indie horror, the malleability of horror, self-publishing, book recommendations, and so much more. We had a lot of fun recording this episode and hanging out with Tim. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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Feb 9

1 hr 23 min

This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to welcome E.A. Aymar to the show to celebrate the release of his latest novel writing as E.A. Barres, They're Gone, which is out now through Crooked Lane Books! They're Gone is a novel where two women's husbands are murdered on the same night. The men have different backgrounds, but they are killed in an identical way with two bullet wounds: one in the head and another in the heart. The women each begin their own search for answers, leading to a web of dark secrets and shocking discoveries that lead them to eventually find each other. As they dig deeper into the clues surrounding the death of their husbands, it put them and those they love in danger. They're Gone is packed with plenty of surprises, great characters and Aymar ratchets up the tension to create a gripping read that is sure to satisfy fans of crime fiction and thrillers. We loved this book at Ink Heist and the deeper you plunge into the mystery weaved throughout They're Gone, it becomes almost impossible to put down. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about Noir at the Bar, THEY'RE GONE, working with Crooked Lane, writing under a pseudonym, notes from editors, writing violence, his story in Tough, upcoming works, and so much more. We had a lot of fun recording this episode and hanging out with Aymar, who is incredibly funny and a great guest. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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Feb 3

1 hr 18 min

This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to welcome Chad Lutzke and Tim Meyer to the show to celebrate the release of their collaborative novel, Wormwood, which is out now! Wormwood follows 14-year-old Baker Gray who just moved to Long Lake, Georgia. His mom moves a lot for work, so Baker is used to never feeling at home, constantly having to make new friends every time they have to pick up and leave. But in Long Lake, things start to change for Baker after he meets new friends Seb and the older Cassandra Larsson. For the first time, Baker feels like he fits in and that he can build a life for himself. However, Cass' idea of fun begins to blur the line between right and wrong and Baker finds himself going down a dark path he might not be able to pull away from. We are huge fans of both Chad and Tim's work, so naturally Wormwood was a highly anticipated read for us here at Ink Heist. They blend their unique styles together seamlessly and the result is an addictive, devastating story of realistic horrors that shine a light on the darkness that can reside just around the corner. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about their collaborative novel WORMWOOD, weaving their styles together, the restriction influences art theory, balancing the darkness of the story and so much more. We had a lot of fun recording this episode and hanging out with them and we hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did!

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Jan 26

1 hr 14 min

What can be said about the awesomeness of Lisa Quigley, author of HELL'S BELLS and one half of the brilliant Ladies of the Fright Podcast? Too much to fit this space. Listen to the incredible episode. We had a blast, and you will too.

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Jan 19

1 hr 34 min

Hey, y'all, you definitely want to check out this amazing fucking episode with Jessica Leonard, author of the breakout, terrifying novel, Antioch. This author is an incredible talent and a hell of a lot of fun to talk to as well.

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Jan 12

1 hr 21 min

I'm over the moon that we saved this episode for the first of 2021. Sonora Taylor is a special writer and an amazing person. She was a blast to talk to. Author of the collection LITTLE PARANOIAS and the incredible novella, SEEING THINGS, a ghost story like you've never read before, Sonora is brilliant, engaging, educational, and not afraid of hitting me with equal swear time when she feels like it. You guys will dig this one.

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Jan 5

1 hr 26 min

This week, we bring you an exceptional holiday episode of Ink Heist. We're joined by Todd Keisling and Tracy Robinson in closing out the second season of the Ink Heist podcast. In typical Ink Heist fashion, this episode was filled with plenty of laughs and was a great way to close out 2020. It was a wide ranging conversation that covered a ton of topics and we think you'll find plenty of new artists to check out and some helpful writing tips. Just a few of the things we talked about this episode was the One of Us anthology and Frank Michaels Errington, the Monochrome series,  reading bad reviews, electrocution, snowstorms, and the Ladies of Horror Fiction #LadiesFirst 21 Challenge! To close out the episode, we each picked 5 of our favorite reads from 2020. There was so many great books released this year we could've done a whole episode just on that! We had a blast recording this episode and it's always fun when all of us get together and just hang out. Also, thank you to all of our guests that have appeared on the show and for all of our listeners who have shown us an overwhelming amount of support since we started the show. We appreciate all of the kind words and shares more than we could ever put into words. Thanks for making Season 2 such a success and we have some great guests already lined up for 2021! We hope you enjoy the episode and maybe discover some new reads to ring in the New Year.

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Dec 2020

1 hr 54 min

This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to welcome Hailey Piper back to the show to celebrate the release of her brand new novella, The Worm and His Kings, which is out now through Off Limits Press.  Hailey's work is highly imaginative, as she often takes familiar subgenres and crafts them into something completely her own with fresh, innovative twists. She has long been a favorite writer of everyone at Ink Heist and trust us when we say that whatever book you pick up first, you're going to want to carve out a few hours of spare time because her work is compulsively readable and grips you right from the front page. She's a master of both longer works and short stories and regardless of what sort of horror your into, Hailey has a story you're sure to fall in love with. We had a lot of fun talking to Hailey and as always, we take away some very valuable writing advice. One of our favorite takeaways was the inspiration for the title of this episode, the idea of not being afraid of trying new ideas. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about THE WORM AND HIS KINGS, Off Limits Press, creating a mythology, process, writing Monique, Cosmic Horror, cults, Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy, Queen of Teeth, her love short fiction, book recommendations, and so much more. We had a lot of fun recording this episode and learned a lot from Hailey and we hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did.

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Dec 2020

1 hr 36 min

This week we're excited to welcome Tim Waggoner to the show to discuss his latest book on the craft of writing, Writing in the Dark, which is out now through Raw Dog Screaming Press. Tim's a prolific author who is very familiar to horror fans and has published over 50 novels, 7 collections and numerous short stories in addition to teaching writing at the university level. This was an engaging conversation where we talk a lot about the writing process and some key moments in Tim's career as a writer and educator. All of us at Ink Heist have read Writing in the Dark and we agree that this is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in writing in the Horror genre or even if you just have an interest in the genre itself. It is loaded with great advice told in a conversational tone and exercises that will help you put these concepts into practice. Whether you're a new writer just getting started on their journey or a veteran author that's already been published, Writing in the Dark has something for everyone and is an essential addition to your shelves. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about the importance of reading, early influences, Tim's teaching career, finding your process, creativity, creating Writing in the Dark, writing in different styles, tie-ins, and so much more. We had a a lot of fun recording this episode and learned a lot from Tim and we hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did.

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Dec 2020

1 hr 17 min

This week we're excited to welcome Christopher Golden to the show to discuss his latest book, Red Hands, which is out now through St. Martin's Press. Christopher is a familiar author to Horror fans and throughout his career has worked in a variety of different genres and mediums including video games, comics, and screenplays. Red Hands is his latest novel, which is the third book in the series of novels featuring the character Dr. Ben Walker, though all of them can be read as standalone novels. Red Hands is an unrelenting horror/thriller that's packed with action from start to finish, one hell of an opening emotional hook, and features a cast of characters that you can't help but be invested in. Trust us when we say this is a book you definitely want to add to your TBR and once you start, carve out a few hours because you won't want to put it down! Also, be sure to check out Christopher Golden's launch party for Red Hands with Alma Katsu on Dec. 8th at 7 pm EST courtesy of Belmont Books. Sign up for your spot here.

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Dec 2020

1 hr 29 min

This week we're excited to welcome Steve Stred to the show to discuss his latest collection, Of Witches, as well as some of his other work. Steve's an indie author who is very active in the Horror scene whose works are compulsively readable and cover a wide variety of subgenres. We're relatively new to his work, but we've devoured everything we've gotten our hands on! If you're looking for a quick, action-packed read, definitely head on over to your bookstore of choice and check out some of his books. This was an engaging conversation where we talk a lot about his experience in writing and also his career as a bobsledder and trying out for the Olympics team. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about the extremeness of Ritual, writing shorter fiction, the importance of direct criticism/reading negative reviews, how athletics prepared him for writing, his Andrew Pyper collection, chatting with Twitter bots and so much more. We had a a lot of fun recording this episode and we hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did.

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Nov 2020

1 hr 20 min

This week we're excited to welcome Michael David Wilson and Bob Pastorella to discuss their latest novel, They're Watching, which is out now via This is Horror. Chances are if you're a fan of horror fiction, you're already well aware of both Michael and Bob as they host the podcast This Is Horror, which has run for 350 episodes and features interviews with some of the biggest names in the genre. It's a great podcast and one of the biggest influences on our show and if you aren't already a listener, head over and dive into some of their previous episodes. They also are accomplished writers, with Michael having recently released The Girl in the Video and Bob having released Mojo Rising via Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about They're Watching, dealing with negative reviews, the collaborative process, bourbon, Bob and Shane's Splatterpunk series, Knobrot and so much more. We had a a lot of fun recording this episode and we hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did.

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Nov 2020

1 hr 38 min

This week we're excited to welcome Jason Brant to the show to discuss his work and all things Horror! This was the perfect follow-up to last week's episode with Hunter Shea as we had another hilarious conversation that had us all laughing until our stomachs hurt. Jason is the author of numerous books including the Asher Benson Series, The Hunger Series, and the West of Hell series. He's also the co-host of the Final Guys podcast, which is loaded with great recommendations and a must-listen for any horror fan. This was a great conversation that has a lot of great insight for any author who is looking to self-publish their work. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about reading your own reviews, how Final Guys started, The Hunger 6, self-publishing, pressure from readers, meeting Kane Hodder, loving shitty movies, and so much more. We had a lot of fun recording this episode and we hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did. Now we've had 3/4 of the Final Guys on the show and it's only a matter of time before we get Jack Campisi on here!

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Nov 2020

1 hr 32 min

This week we're excited to welcome Hunter Shea back to the show to discuss his latest novel, Misfits, which is out now through Flame Tree Press. Hunter was one of the first guests on the Ink Heist podcast back when we launched and we've been fans of his books for years. While Hunter has written a variety of different styles of horror novels, he is perhaps best known for cryptid and Creature Feature work and with Misfits, Hunter dials up one of his bloodiest and most extreme books yet. Hunter is a horror fanatic and he uses his encyclopedic knowledge of the genre to craft action-packed stories that are a blast to read and almost impossible to put down. He's also the co-host of the Monster Men and Final Guys podcasts, which are loaded with great recommendations and a must-listen for any horror fan. We've known Hunter for years and that led to an absolutely hilarious conversation that had us all laughing until stomachs hurt. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about Misfits, Melonheads, ilk milk, his time playing in bands and so much more. We had a a lot of fun recording this episode and we hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did!

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Oct 2020

1 hr 53 min

This week we're excited to welcome J. Daniel Stone to the show to discuss his latest novel, Stations of Shadow, which is out now through Lethe Press. We talk about his works, including Stations of Shadow, Blood Kiss, and The Absence of Light. Daniel is a must-read author and all three of those titles are must-read books. Oh, and this is a must-listen episode. We had a blast with Daniel and, as usual, learned a ton of stuff along the way.

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Oct 2020

1 hr 29 min

This week, we went a little off-script and decided to record an impromptu solo show, which was just what the three of us needed to unwind after a stressful week. In typical Ink Heist fashion, this episode was filled with plenty of laughs and I'm pretty sure the three of us had hurt stomachs from laughing so hard. It was a wide-ranging conversation that covered a ton of random topics and we think you'll find plenty of new artists to check out and some helpful writing tips. Just a few of the things we talked about this episode was the work of Kenneth Patchen, if we think about genre when we write, recommendations outside of the Horror genre, what type of fan-fiction we'd write, and more. We had a blast recording this episode and it's always fun when the three of us get together and just hang out. We hope you enjoy the episode and maybe discover some new artists.

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Oct 2020

1 hr 20 min

We're happy to welcome Matt Wildasin of Grindcast as our special guest host, talking with the amazing Daniel Braum. This was a sweet episode that was more like having two guest authors than an actual guest host. We had a blast and so will you.

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Oct 2020

1 hr 33 min

Don't miss this episode with the amazing and hilarious J. Danielle Dorn. We talk about their novel from Inkshares, Devil's Call, short stories, crime fiction, and other topics ranging from great characters being assaulted by Kool-Aid plotlines to, well, Kool-Aid plotlines. To describe this episode as raucous would be the understatement of the year. We had a blast.

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Sep 2020

1 hr 17 min

This amazing author we're talking to today became one of Shane's number one author crushes over the course of a single book. Ink Heist highly recommends BETTY and this incredibly talented author and we recommend you take time to listen to the brilliance that is Tiffany McDaniel

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Sep 2020

1 hr 25 min

This week we're excited to welcome Jessica Guess to the show to discuss her debut novella, Cirque Beserk, which is out now through Unnerving Books. Cirque Berserk is one of the books that makes Unnerving's incredible Rewind or Die series, which captures the glory days of VHS horror. The novel takes place at an infamous, abandoned carnival called Cirque Berserk where 30 years prior, a group of teens went on a killing spree before vanishing into thin air. Now, a group of friends seeking one last night of adventure visit the park to see if the urban legends are true and the night quickly descends into nightmare territory. Cirque Berserk is a blast to read and one of the most fun horror stories we've read in awhile. It's got a haunted carnival, buckets of blood, plenty of surprises and basically anything a horror fan could ask for. Looking for something fun to kickstart Halloween? Grab a copy of Cirque Berserk and buckle up for a wild ride. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about 90s horror films, Cirque Berserk, favorite slasher kill scenes and a lot of other stuff you don't wanna miss! We had a blast with this episode and we think you will too.

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Sep 2020

1 hr 32 min

This week we're excited to welcome Andrew Pyper to the show to discuss his latest novel, The Residence, which is out now through Skybound Books. The Residence is a terrifying story about a haunting that plagues President Franklin Pierce and his wife Jane in the wake of an unimaginable tragedy on their way to Washington D.C. Pyper expertly weaves fact and fiction to create a gripping historical horror novel that is packed with truly creepy and unsettling scenes that are sure to give you chills. While this novel is a must-read at any time of the year, the atmosphere in The Residence is perfect for the upcoming Halloween season. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about The Residence, The Fox Sisters, short stories, and a lot of other stuff you don't wanna miss! We had a blast with this episode and we think you will too.

Sep 2020

1 hr 43 min

This week we're excited to welcome Paul Michael Anderson to the show to discuss his latest novella, Standalone, which is out now through Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. If you're a fan of the Slasher genre, Standalone should be on your radar and it's an essential addition to your library. It's an inventive and genre-bending take on the genre that utilizes traditional tropes but warps them in fun ways that you definitely won't see coming and makes for one of the most fun reads of 2020. Trust us when we say you should order a copy without thinking twice. It's that good. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about STANDALONE, being blurbed by Jack Ketchum, Taylor Swift mash-ups and a lot of other stuff you don't wanna miss! We had a blast with this episode and we think you will too. After you listen, be sure to check out Paul's story "Everything Feels Wrong Without You", which is set in the same universe as Standalone.

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Sep 2020

1 hr 43 min

Join us for this exceptional episode with guests Eboni Dunbar and Caitlin Starling. These two exceptional authors both have brand new novellas out through Nean Hemlock Press. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about Stone and Steel, Yellow Jessamine, FIYAH Literary Magazine and FIYAH Con, Neon Hemlock,  graphic novel memoirs, fantasy world-building in Fantasy, poisons

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Sep 2020

1 hr 28 min

This week we're excited to welcome Jonathan Janz to the show to discuss his latest novel, The Raven, which is out now through Flame Tree Press. The Raven is an action-packed journey through a post-apocalyptic nightmare world where familiar monsters - werewolves, vampires, witches, satyrs- rule the world. Dez McClane doesn't have any special powers, but that doesn't stop him from setting out on a quest for justice. Seriously, this book has everything a horror fan could ever want and is a pulse-pounding thrill ride from start to finish. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about The Raven, relationships, bleak endings, some exciting news about Halloween Gods and so much more. If you want to check out the hilarious blog post from Janz's wife that Shane references in this episode, you can check that out here: Chicken Curry, Boy Pee, and Not Killing Your Spouse. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did!

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Sep 2020

1 hr 42 min

In this episode, we talk with David Heska Wanbli Weiden about writing, crime fiction, what defines an ideal childhood, and a slew of other topics you want to know more about. Trust me. We had a great time recording with him and we learned a lot from him. You will too. Pick up his new novel, WINTER COUNTS, and see why this new author became an instant Ink Heist favorite.

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Sep 2020

1 hr 23 min

This week we're excited to welcome genre-bending author Keith Rosson to the show to discuss his latest novel, Road Seven, which is out now through Meerkat Press. Rosson's work is an impressive melting pot of genres and styles that defy easy classification, but his unique and imaginative voice is present in all of them, creating gripping reads that are compulsively readable. If you're new to Rosson's work, check out his story  "Their Souls Climb the Room" for free on Ink Heist.  Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about Road Seven, blending genres, writing broken characters, his design work, and so much more. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did!

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Aug 2020

1 hr 31 min